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I think it is insane that hemp is illegal to grow in the USA? Do you agree?

Here is why:

• Hemp can’t get a person high! It is the same species of the marijuana plant, but a different plant. It has a negliable amount of THC in it. (THC is the chemical that causes psychoactive effect).

• Hemp can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a cost comparable to petroleum, and hemp is much better for the environment.

• Hemp can grow in nearly every climate and is very easy on the soil. It grows incredibly fast. It is also hearty (you don't need to spray pesticides on it). Cotton is one of the most heavily pesticide-laden crop. It wreaks havoc on the environment and causes enormous health problems.

• Hemp can be used to make paper, which would cut down on the destruction of forests. Hemp paper can be recycled 7 times, wood pulp 4 times. It can also be used to make fabric (from heavily durable to silk-like). The fabric has anti-bacterial and mosquito-repellant properties (amazingly enough).

Update:

• Hemp seeds are extremely nutritious. They are very high in protein, high in fiber, omega fatty acids, and minerals. They are complete proteins (contain all the essential amino acids). They also are very easy to digest (with no enzyme inhibitors (like other seeds and nuts).

Here are just some of the amazing qualities of this plant. I really think it is insane that a plant that has just enormous potential for the environment is illegal in the USA. Your thoughts?

Update 2:

Typo: I meant to say hemp has no enzyme inhibitors (UNLIKE other seeds and nuts).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    yes i do. i have seen a few fields in last few years, first one in france then several in u.k. so it is being grown under licence again.

    it makes better paper (banknotes are made from it), better clothes and canvas, needs no pesticides, much less water than cotton, and would also be a brilliant fast growing feedstock for biodigestion and biomass power plant.

    wow! i just spent an interesting half hour;

    from;

    http://www.jackherer.com/chapter04.html

    <In the mid-1930s, when the new mechanical hemp fiber stripping machines and machines to conserve hemp’s high-cellulose pulp finally became state-of-the art, available and affordable, the enormous timber acreage and businesses of the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division, Kimberly Clark (USA), St. Regis - and virtually all other timber, paper and large newspaper holding companies, stood to lose billions of dollars and perhaps go bankrupt.

    Coincidentally, in 1937, DuPont had just patented processes for making plastics from oil and coal, as well as a new sulfate/sulfite process for making paper from wood pulp. According to DuPont’s own corporate records and historians,* these processes accounted for over 80 percent of all the company’s railroad car loadings over the next 60 years into the 1990s.

    *Author’s research and communications with DuPont, 1985-1996.>

    <A series of secret meetings were held. In 1931, Mellon, in his role as Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury, appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to be head of the newly reorganized Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (FBNDD), a post he held for the next 31 years.

    These industrial barons and financiers knew that machinery to cut, bale, decorticate (separate the fiber from the high-cellulose hurd), and process hemp into paper or plastics was becoming available in the mid-1930s. Cannabis hemp would have to go.

    In DuPont’s 1937 Annual Report to its stockholders, the company strongly urged continued investment in its new, but not readily accepted, petrochemical synthetic products. DuPont was anticipating “radical changes” from “the revenue raising power of government … converted into an instrument for forcing acceptance of sudden new ideas of industrial and social reorganization.” *

    *(DuPont Company, annual report, 1937, our emphasis added.) >

    oh there's loads more, check out that site.

    this chapter's good too;

    http://www.jackherer.com/chapter09.html

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It would a good idea. Although some may say that marijuana could be grown in the midst of the hemp,that is just an urban legend. To grow real marijuana, there has to be NO 'male' plants within a half mile. The 'female' plant is the 'drug' plant. If it gets fertilized, it ruins the marijuana! All the phobias and misinformation about hemp,and marijuana, is a result of the campaign of fear and lies by the govt.!

    Source(s): 40 years smoking pot,no gutter yet! I'm just fine! My brother almost died from drinking beer for 30 years!
  • 5 years ago

    Agree

  • 1 decade ago

    Hemp is grown as a crop in the USA. It is grown in several counties in NC close to where I live. The County Agriculture dept even has growing information available. Marijuanna is ilegal. :)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    From what I've been reading I can strongly support the idea of growing hemp. It should be another crop option for American Farmers.

  • 1 decade ago

    I absolutely agree with you. I suppose the reason that it is not grown industrially, is because it would make it easier for marijuana growers to grow the potent stuff, which is also not a problem for me since alcohol, nicotine, and sugar are IMHO far worse than ganja.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think that the stigma that accompanies hemp based on its relationship to marijuana is downright wrong, at least misguided, but it is not insane.

  • 1 decade ago

    Technically, it is not illegal to grow hemp in the United States...

    Source(s): www.industrialhemp.net
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Grows wild in Missouri you can stop on highway and pick all you want pretty plants but it wont even get a flea high

  • 1 decade ago

    Some questions are informative. This one is persuasive in that you took away all arguments from the uneducated. Do you want me to play dumb and say No? You win.

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